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Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: Dept. of the Interior

May 26, 2017

Unless otherwise noted, all FY 2018 figures are from the department’s budget justification, and all FY 2017 figures are from committee reports for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.

Interior includes several bureaus and offices that fund R&D and conduct tech transfer activities, all of which would receive less funding under the FY 2018 budget proposal. The Bureau of Reclamation would receive $14 million for R&D, a decrease of $20.6 million (59.5 percent); the Fish and Wildlife Service’s science support activities are proposed for elimination ($17 million in FY 2017); and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s technology development and transfer funding would be reduced by $2.4 million to $12.8 million (15.8 percent decrease).

The majority of R&D funding within Interior is provided to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Surveys, Investigations and Research initiatives, which would be funded at $922.2 million in FY 2018, a decrease of $163.0 million (15.0 percent). 

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